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Can tarot cards help us make sense of the pandemic?

Tarot Cards
Jacob Walsh/CITY Magazine
CITY Magazine
Tarot Cards

Tarot is an often-misunderstood medium. But rather than being merely the stuff of frivolous fortune-telling or the handiwork of mischievous forces, tarot cards can be a practical way to gain insight into our inner psychologies and make sense of the world around us.

In a recent opinion column in The Globe and Mail, professional tarot reader Liz Worth clarified some of the cultural misconceptions that surround tarot and reflected on what the practice of tarot reading can mean to us during the pandemic era. “Tarot readers aren’t here to build fantasies, but tell the truth of what we see – for better or for worse,” Worth said.

But what is tarot exactly, and what significance does tarot have in our lives today and in these uncertain times? CITY magazine’s arts editor Daniel Kushner hosts a discussion about where tarot comes from, how tarot cards work, and the significance this esoteric medium can have in our lives during uncertain times. Our guests:

  • Maya Rook, Maine-based cultural historian, Rochester Brainery instructor, and podcaster
  • Rork Maiellano, Rochester artist and tarot reader
Arts writer Daniel J. Kushner began writing for CITY in 2015 as a contributing writer before joining the staff full-time in 2018.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
Emmarae Stein is the production assistant for "Connections with Evan Dawson."